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NH DHHS proposes taxpayer funding of sex change surgery – Girard at Large Exclusive

UPDATED–The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has proposed to eliminate the Medicaid rule that prohibits the program from funding sex reassignment surgeries.  Disturbingly, while the proposed rule change hasn’t even been heard yet, Girard at Large has obtained a letter sent by the department directly to a minor child enrolled in the NH Healthy Families program.  The child to whom this letter was addressed is 11 years old. According to information contained on the department’s Rulemaking Notice Form: This proposal amends the rule, by deleting paragraph (g), to remove the categorical prohibition of coverage of gender...

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Alzheimer’s: Policy Change, Political Work and the Silver Alert

(Hour 1b) Guest host Heather Carroll of the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH started the segment by informing the listeners about an upcoming free screening of Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts at Chunky’s Cinema and Pub in Manchester.  She then shared about her attempts at working for policy change in the Granite State and took a call from Alderman Patrick Long, who discussed his involvement in the issue.  Finally, Heather discussed Silver Alert, which is a missing persons alert....

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Mental Breaks, Summer Vacations and the Funding of Abortion Clinics

(Hour 1a) Rich opened the show by talking about his attempt to go to Elm Brook Park with his family and he brought up the point that most people go on a mental summer vacation around the fourth of July.  He then informed the listeners that he will be going on vacation soon, before discussing the State Executive Council’s vote to fund Planned Parenthood and the Equality Health Center for the purpose of fighting HIV.  Tune in to hear more!...

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Kindergarten Funding and the Opioid Crisis

(Hour 2a) Rich spoke about the request for full day kindergarten funding.  He and State Representative Victoria Sullivan discussed the ties between the opioid crisis and mental health issues, and shared about the chosen allocation of state funds.  Finally, they talked about the state of the University of New Hampshire and claims of misogyny against State Representative John Burt.  Tune in to get all of the details....

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On Air News Read for May 19, 2017

It was a busy day in the New Hampshire State Senate yesterday, so we’ll get right to it.  The Senate Finance Committee backed Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut’s proposal to expand FIRST Robotics programs to elementary schools across the state.  The committee approved a budget amendment appropriating three hundred seventy five thousand dollars to that end.  The innovative program designed to pique the interest of elementary school kids in science and math got its start in Manchester thanks to a collaborative effort between inventor Dean Kamen and Mayor Ted Gatsas. In praising the vote, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Reagan,...

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On Air News Read for April 26, 2017

Mental health seems to be on the mind of the state’s political leadership.  Governor Christopher Sununu testified in favor of House Bill 4 0 0 yesterday.  The bill requires the Department of Health and Human services to develop a 10-year plan for mental health services.  Senate President Chuck Morse, Republican from Salem, and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, Republican from Wolfeboro, offered an amendment to the bill yesterday that would add twenty traditional mental health care beds and forty new transitional beds, add community based services and mobile crisis units, make organizational and policy changes in the Division of Children...

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Mayor Gatsas on Full Day Kindergarten, the Opioid Epidemic and Redistricting

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich talked to Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  The topics that they discussed were as follow: Testifying for Full Day Kindergarten in Concord Why to Support Full Day Kindergarten Kindergarten’s Utilization to Fight the Opioid Epidemic Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Funding Responsibility  Amendment to House Bill 400   (Hour 3b) Rich and the Mayor continued with: The Risk of Carfentanil Manchester’s Rank with Drug Addiction Housing for Those in Recovery Redistricting: Manchester’s Feeder System (Hour 3c) Rich started the final segment by informing the listeners about some of the differences between local and federal politics.  He shared...

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On Air News Read for March 15, 2017

Governor Christopher Sununu announced a proposal to add five state troopers toNew Hampshire’s State Police for the sole purpose of cutting the supply of drugs crossing the border from Massachusetts.  The new cops would work with Bay State staties to interdict cross border drug traffic.  (Memo to Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera and other conspiracy nuts, this is not the first step toward a Declaration of War that will challenge the Bay State’s sovereignty because you refuse to honor the law to be a Sanctuary City.)  Anyway, while Mayor Rivera is bound to be unhappy with the announcement, Senate Majority...

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On Air News Read for February 21, 2017

The reason why state and federal officials raided a home and two restaurants owned by Manchester Ward Eight Alderman and State Rep. Tom Katsiantonis has come into focus.  He owes back taxes and lots of them.  According to an article published in this morning’s Union Leader, the state placed half a dozen “Notice and Demand for Payment” liens on file against properties owned by Katsiantonis with the Hillsborough County Registrar of Deeds.  In total, the state is seeking to recover almost four hundred thirty thousand dollars in unpaid taxes, fees and interest they say have gone unpaid since two...

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Proposed Regulations Threaten Granite State Daycare Operations

(Hours 2a,b) Rich spoke to Jenn Lever of Little Leapers and Knowledge Keepers and Lisa Schroeder of Alpha-Bits Learning Center.  They came on the show to discuss the hundred and fifty additional pages of rules and regulations that have been proposed for daycare providers around the state.  Jenn talked about a belief that they are being targeted by the Health and Human Services and shared why.   (Hour 2b) Lisa and Jenn discussed federal assistance and requirements in the daycare industry.  They discussed the practical impacts of the proposals, operational restrictions and more....

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